Mangoes & Lemonade spotlights British Red Cross for their recent contributions to education and sanitation.
“The British Red Cross, in partnership with the Danish Red Cross, is supporting children in four communes in Les Cayes who are hosting people displaced by the earthquake.”
The Red Cross is paying the 2011 school fees for 8,000 children in Les Cayes, Haiti. Les Cayes is a southern district of Haiti that was not directly affected by the earthquake but has been flooded with new families displaced by the disaster.
Read the article: Haiti: Red Cross pays school fees for 8,000 children
“The British Red Cross project in Delmas 19, Port-au-Prince, is helping a community where the earthquake destroyed houses and drainage canals, rubble still blocks roads and alleyways and broken pipes spout water across the area.”
Haiti is in need of proper public sanitation and waste management.
“The sanitation facilities there were almost non-existent before the quake, and the destruction of what little there was has meant residents have turned to using broken pipes for washing and for their water supply, using open canals as toilets and rubbish dumps.”
With the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, poor sanitation conditions like this present an even greater danger. It truly is a matter of life and death.
The community involvement on this project is admirable. It is nice to see the people included in projects that are designed to uplift their community. This is a challenging task that will yield positive results, for the residents of Delmas 19.
“It is not only about providing alternative solutions to rubbish dumping, but also about changing mindsets. This is particularly important at a time when cholera is spreading across the city, and areas with little sanitation infrastructure are likely to be badly affected. Red Cross hygiene promotion volunteers are touring Delmas 19 spreading messages both about cholera prevention and safe and healthy waste disposal.”
Read the article: Haiti: volunteers clear canals and fight cholera